Christmas is a day to give, to show kindness, and to cherish loved ones, but some of the most brutal crimes have been committed on the approach or even on Christmas Day.
What makes some of these killers even more twisted is that they either portrayed Santa himself or carried out horror attacks on their own loved ones – who remained blind to their doom.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the shocking crimes that took place between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Covina’s Santa Claus
Bruce Pardo decided to enter his ex-wife’s family home a week before their divorce was finalized and began a shootout on Christmas Eve in 2008.
The 45-year-old was disgustingly clad in a Santa Claus costume when he killed nine people, including his ex-wife Sylvia. Three others were injured.
There were 25 people inside the Covina, Calif., Home when he entered with four handguns and a flamethrower at a festive party, according to the 13th Floor.
It was reported that he set the house on fire before shooting himself in the head later in his brother’s house and dying the next day.
A recording of a family member who was inside the house at the time of the attack was released after she called the police, reports The Mirror.
She said: “He’s shooting my whole family. My mother’s house is on fire.
“We need someone immediately. My daughter was shot. She was shot in the face.”
The Star Wars Murders
Two brothers planned to poison a woman by communicating through a chain of Star Wars-inspired code texts.
David and Roger Cooper, from Conventry, plotted to kill Sameena Imam who was having an affair with Roger at the time. Roger believed that she had to die for her affair to remain a secret.
On Christmas Eve 2014, David decided to suffocate Sameena with a cloth soaked in chloroform after arriving at David’s house in Leicester in search of his brother.
His body was later found buried in a housing estate and the couple were jailed for life, Wales Online reports.
Family Christmas Day Massacre
The Lawson family were brutally killed by their patriarch Charles Davis Lawson who murdered his wife and six children on December 25, 1929.
Two sisters Carrie, 12, and Maybell, 7, left their home in Germanton, North Carolina to visit their aunt and uncle, but were unaware their father had other plans .
Charlie, 43, waited for them behind their tobacco barn and shot them before clubbing them to death and putting their bodies inside the barn.
The bloodshed continued after Lawson shot his wife Fanie, 37, and put her inside their home where Mary, 17, and her two younger brothers had fled to to hide.
He shot all three of them before killing their baby Mary Lou, who died of a broken skull, News AU reports.
There was only one survivor, the eldest son Arthur, who had been sent out for an errand by his father the night before the massacre.
Charlie then shot himself and his body was later found nearby by his son Arthur who had returned home and alerted the police.
Reports then surfaced from other family members and friends, who claimed Charlie made his daughter Marie pregnant after sexually assaulting her.
Their neighbor Sam Hill said the father had threatened his daughter with secrecy otherwise “there would be murders”.
Ax attack before Christmas dinner
Dustin Klopp murdered his wife with an ax before heading to a festive meal with their children in Lancaster, PA.
Kloop killed Stephanie Kilhefner, 34, then wrapped her body in a bag before going to celebrate Christmas with her parents.
He was reported to have hit her on the head several times with an ax before slitting her throat on Christmas Eve in 2014.
He telephoned the police to confess to the murder as his children, aged five and two, continued the festivities at his parents’ house, reports The Mirror.
He was pronounced dead after hanging himself in prison.
Teen drowned in a bathtub
Kristy Bamu, 15, was tragically found drowned in a bath after being tortured for several days in the run-up to Christmas.
His sister Magalie Bamu and his partner Eric Bikubi left him with a total of 130 wounds after mistreating him thinking he was a wizard.
Kristy was tragically found dead at her sister’s home on Christmas Day in Newham, east London in 2010.
It was reported that the teenager had traveled with his four other siblings from Paris to celebrate festivities with Magalie and her partner.
They were found guilty of the murder of Kristy.
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